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Your body is similar to an ecosystem. In the natural world, if something happens to the pond, all of the birds and fish are impacted as well; and all of the plants and animals that rely on the birds will disappear if the birds disappear. We might not recognize it but our body works on very comparable principals. That’s the reason why something which seems isolated, like hearing loss, can be linked to a wide variety of other diseases and ailments.

In a sense, that’s just more proof of your body’s ecosystem-like interdependence. Your brain might also be impacted if something affects your hearing. These situations are called comorbid, a fancy (and specialized) label that illustrates a connection between two disorders while not necessarily articulating a cause-and-effect connection.

We can find out a lot concerning our bodies’ ecosystem by comprehending ailments that are comorbid with hearing loss.

Diseases Associated With Hearing Loss

So, let’s assume that you’ve been recognizing the symptoms of hearing loss for the past couple of months. It’s more difficult to follow conversations in restaurants. You’ve been cranking the volume up on your tv. And some sounds sound so distant. When this is the situation, most people will make an appointment with a hearing specialist (this is the wise thing to do, actually).

Whether you recognize it or not, your hearing loss is connected to numerous other health conditions. Some of the health conditions that have reported comorbidity with hearing loss include:

  • Diabetes: additionally, your entire nervous system can be negatively influenced by diabetes (specifically in your extremities). the nerves in the ear are particularly likely to be affected. Hearing loss can be fully caused by this damage. But your symptoms can be multiplied because diabetes related nerve damage can make you more prone to hearing loss caused by other factors.
  • Depression: social isolation brought on by hearing loss can cause a whole range of concerns, some of which relate to your mental health. So it’s no surprise that study after study finds depression and anxiety have really high comorbidity rates with hearing loss.
  • Vertigo and falls: your inner ear is your principal tool for balance. There are some types of hearing loss that can wreak havoc with your inner ear, causing dizziness and vertigo. Any loss of balance can, of course, cause falls, and as you get older, falls will become increasingly hazardous.
  • Cardiovascular disease: hearing loss and cardiovascular conditions are not always connected. In other instances, cardiovascular problems can make you more susceptible to hearing loss. That’s because one of the initial signs of cardiovascular disease is trauma to the blood vessels in the inner ear. Your hearing might suffer as a result of the of that trauma.
  • Dementia: a higher risk of dementia has been associated with hearing loss, although it’s unclear what the root cause is. Research suggests that wearing a hearing aid can help slow down cognitive decline and decrease many of these dementia risks.

Is There Anything That You Can do?

It can seem a bit frightening when you add all those health conditions together. But one thing should be kept in mind: treating your hearing loss can have tremendous positive influences. Scientists and researchers know that if hearing loss is managed, the risk of dementia significantly lowers although they don’t really know exactly why dementia and hearing loss show up together in the first place.

So the best course of action, no matter what comorbid condition you may be worried about, is to have your hearing examined.

Part of an Ecosystem

That’s why more medical specialists are viewing hearing health with new eyes. Instead of being a somewhat limited and targeted area of concern, your ears are seen as closely linked to your overall wellbeing. We’re beginning to consider the body as an interrelated environment in other words. Hearing loss isn’t an isolated scenario. So it’s more relevant than ever that we keep your eye on the totality, not to the proverbial pond or the birds in isolation, but to your health as a whole.

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